The 2018 Spring Conference of the Diocese of Fond du Lac focused on the theme Faithful Innovation in a Disruptive Age. Facilitated by Dwight Zscheile, an Episcopal priest and professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN who specializes in Missional Leadership, participants joined in learning and discussion on how the church may step outside of itself to really focus on the work of being the Kingdom of God and living out the gospel. One area of focus was how church members may be with and love those who would never step foot in a church building, noting that the number of people unwilling/afraid/hesitant to go to church is ever increasing.
Much information was based on Zscheile's recent books, The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age and People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity. Both encourage a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today, based on the recognition that the church's context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the national church ideal are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church.
You'll want to watch the five-minute video which captures the essence of the day. It should be viewed by everyone in your congregation. PLEASE share this video with everyone who attends your congregation! It is worth it. Watch the video here.